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Thread: Top 10 classic bass rock riffs

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    Top 10 classic bass rock riffs

    Come on - what are your favorite bass riffs?

    Especially the easier ones that new bass students can play?
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    Money - Pink Floyd (My own first)
    Anotherone bites the dust - Queen
    Billy Jean - Michael Jackson

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    Gotta add hotel california to that. I know its not a complex song, but I find the bassline very cool.

    And another great one (although not sure how easy it is to play) is the bassline in Haitian Divorce by Steely Dan.

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    'Stand by Me' for a complete novice player!!

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    Some of my favourite bass riffs/lines:

    I Wish - Stevie Wonder
    Master Blaster - "
    Low Rider - War
    I Want You Back - Jackson 5
    Sunshine of your Love - Cream
    Politician - Cream
    Time is Tight - Booker T & the MGs

    and +1 (each) for gersdal's suggestions

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    Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
    +1 to Money
    Black Sabbath - Hand of Doom
    Black Sabbath - War Pigs
    um. I'm going to stop before I start developing an obvious trend.
    Rick James - Superfreak
    Necrophagist - Only Ash Remains
    Metallica - . . . And Justice for All *snort giggle please tell me you get this joke*
    Anything offa Opeth's Damnation, but I fear I'm veering a bit off "classic" here, sorry, I'll rectify
    The Beatles - Day Tripper

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    another vote for Money here
    Save a Prayer from Duran Duran
    ...and Justice for All! *totally get the joke!*
    Tom Hamilton from Aerosmith has some great bass riffs especially Sweet Emotion, and the album Pump was great playing by him all around

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    Pixies - Hey

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    Psycho Killer - Talking Heads.
    Should I stay or should I go - The Clash.
    Alright Now - Free

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesking
    Gotta add hotel california to that. I know its not a complex song...
    It sure sounds like it.

    At least before you analyse it or have a strong ear. Ok just chromatisism in a minor key but I agree the bass on this is inventive and fun.

    My top 5:
    With or without you (completely the identity of this song)
    For the love of god (just the tonic-fifth-octave each time but oh so effective)
    Time of my life (groovy, makes those feet move)
    Shout (It could be synth but bass is bass)
    Cars (if you haven't ever vaguely heard this in at least a commercial you live in a soundproof cave of Agartha, hollow earth PO box 56433)

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    56433?
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    The chromatic bass line at the end of Hey Joe played by Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
    The guitar’s alright as a hobby, John (Lennon), but you'll never make a living from it. - His Aunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyDevil
    56433?
    ...What about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragasaraswati
    ...What about it?
    Not sure of "Cars" or what 56433 is.
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    Cars - Gary Numan.
    Familiar, no?

    And the '56433' whatever is as serious as the hollow earth and 'Agartha' city.

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